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News Feed - April 21, 2009

Georgetown has received an oral commitment from Vee Sanford, a versatile 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Kentucky’s Lexington Catholic High School, according to the player’s high school coach.

Georgetown officials would not confirm the development, first reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal, noting that they are precluded from commenting before an official signing is in hand.

But Lexington Catholic Coach Brandon Salsman said Tuesday that Sanford had decided that Georgetown and Coach John Thompson III represented the best fit after methodically weighing his options.

“They’re quality people at Georgetown, and he’s a quality kid,” Salsman said of Sanford. “He’s a youth minister in his church and does a wonderful job representing our program.”

According to Salsman, Sanford is a “prototypical combo guard” who averaged 22.4 points and 4.8 rebounds while hitting more than 40 percent of his shots from three-point range.

“I know he’ll do whatever Coach Thompson asks him to,” Salsman added.

Regardless of position, Sanford fills a crucial need for bodies on the Hilltop.

Junior forward DaJuan Summers’ decision to declare for the NBA draft, combined with sophomore swingman Omar Wattad’s decision to transfer, leaves Georgetown with just seven returning players next season.

Summers has signed with an agent, Andre Buck of Creative Artists Agency, which means he can’t renege on his decision to leave school early. Buck also represents Jason Thompson, Renaldo Balkman and Aaron Brooks.

A small taste of Sanford's talents:

By Liz Clarke  |  April 21, 2009; 9:39 AM ET
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